Love—"the vital part"

Christians are well aware it is necessary to have the letter of Scripture in order to gain spiritual understanding, but the letter of itself can do nothing. It must be accompanied with the spirit, the Christly animus, of divine Truth and Love. Along similar lines, Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science,—pulseless, cold, inanimate." Science and Health, p. 113.

The Bible tells us, "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." I John 4:16. Spiritual affection is an active quality of God, a life-giving, irresistible force. Christ Jesus proved this and put into practice his understanding of God as Love as he went about his humane work of healing and teaching.

Easter morning
April 16, 1984

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